COSTA RICA – September 24th, 2012 – It would seem drug traffic in Costa Rica is on the increase. In just the past 25 days, authorities have confiscated 910 kilograms of cocaine. The latest discovery by the Drug Control Police occurred on Thursday night, in the district of Bahia Ballena, in Osa, where they found 150 packages of one kilogram a piece, which were hidden in a truck.
The driver of the truck, a 40-year-old man by the last names of Herrara Mora, was arrested. The vehicle, which had Costa Rican license plates, was seized, and according to the Vice Minister of Security, Celso Gamboa, the packages were wrapped in transparent plastic and black latex.
Authorities presume the drug was headed to the Central Valley via the Costanera coastal highway, en route from the Panama border.
Other recent seizures include a find on September 18th in Cariari, Pococi, in which four men were travelling with three packages of cocaine. Also in the last 25 days, 33 kilograms were found hidden in a container and 725 kilograms were confiscated from a speedboat.
In the current year, the Drug Control Police have confiscated a total of 9.5 tons of cocaine, 80,554 doses of crack and more than 835,000 marijuana plants.